first man killed.

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The son of a wealthy peer Charles Rolls lived just outside the town of Monmouth South Wales in Hendre. he was a keen racing cyclist, an accomplished mechanic, a pioneer in motoring and an experienced balloonist/aviator. He co-founded the Rolls-Royce Company and was the first man to make a non-stop crossing of the English Channel by aeroplane. He died in a flying accident at Bournemouth in July 1910 he was killed when his French-built Wright biplane broke up in mid-air. Though he came down from only 20 feet, he cracked his skull. He became Britain’s first aircraft fatality. This Statue   stands at Agincourt Square Monmouth.

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